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A cool dust factory in the crab nebula: A Herschel study of the filaments

Gomez, Haley Louise, Krause, O., Barlow, M. J., Swinyard, B. M., Owen, P. J., Clark, C., Matsuura, Mikako, Gomez, Edward Leocadio, Rho, J., Besel, M.-A., Bouwman, J., Gear, W. K., Henning, Th., Ivison, R. J., Polehampton, E. T. and Sibthorpe, B. 2012. A cool dust factory in the crab nebula: A Herschel study of the filaments. The Astrophysical Journal 760 (1) , 96. 10.1088/0004-637X/760/1/96

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Whether supernovae are major sources of dust in galaxies is a long-standing debate. We present infrared and submillimeter photometry and spectroscopy from the Herschel Space Observatory of the Crab Nebula between 51 and 670 μm as part of the Mass Loss from Evolved StarS program. We compare the emission detected with Herschel with multiwavelength data including millimeter, radio, mid-infrared, and archive optical images. We carefully remove the synchrotron component using the Herschel and Planck fluxes measured in the same epoch. The contribution from line emission is removed using Herschel spectroscopy combined with Infrared Space Observatory archive data. Several forbidden lines of carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen are detected where multiple velocity components are resolved, deduced to be from the nitrogen-depleted, carbon-rich ejecta. No spectral lines are detected in the SPIRE wavebands; in the PACS bands, the line contribution is 5% and 10% at 70 and 100 μm and negligible at 160 μm. After subtracting the synchrotron and line emission, the remaining far-infrared continuum can be fit with two dust components. Assuming standard interstellar silicates, the mass of the cooler component is 0.24+0.32 – 0.08 M ☉ for T = 28.1+5.5 – 3.2 K. Amorphous carbon grains require 0.11 ± 0.01 M ☉ of dust with T = 33.8+2.3 – 1.8 K. A single temperature modified blackbody with 0.14 M ☉ and 0.08 M ☉ for silicate and carbon dust, respectively, provides an adequate fit to the far-infrared region of the spectral energy distribution but is a poor fit at 24-500 μm. The Crab Nebula has condensed most of the relevant refractory elements into dust, suggesting the formation of dust in core-collapse supernova ejecta is efficient.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: dust, extinction; ISM: individual objects (Crab Nebula); ISM: supernova remnants; submillimeter: ISM
Publisher: IOP Science
ISSN: 0004-637X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:44

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